Monthly Archives: October 2013


5 THINGS I LIKE ABOUT BOOKS (CHALLENGE #4)

I have a confession to make…I have loved books all of my life. Now, there it is, off my chest. I feel much better now. Of course no confession would be complete without answering one key question: “Why?” Well there are 5 things about books that made me fall in love […]


THE SONG REMEMBERS WHEN (CHALLENGE #3)

My mother died on October 14th, 1997, two days after the singer John Denver (although we all thought he died on the 13th because 5.28pm in Monterey was 1.28 am the next day in Ireland). When I heard of Denver’s death I was distracted with concern for my friend who […]


ENJOY!

I was lucky enough to have been on holiday in Florida in the early noughties when every shop assistant, waitress and person you met finished every interaction with a chirpy “have a nice day!”. When I say lucky I’m referring to the holiday and not the chirpy instruction as to […]


WHAT VALUE DOES A LIFE HAVE?

Sometimes I try to think of ways not to sound like I’m delivering another lecture when I write a piece about something I’m passionate about, but on this occasion I’m going to forego that and just say what’s on my mind. Life is precious and I don’t imagine many people […]


OLD DOG:NEW TRICKS

Having been abandoned by the Ban Chéile while she took on a week long tour of conference engagements (or gigs as I like to call them) in Poland, I sat last week staring mindlessly at the Goggle Box. Up popped a very popular British cop drama called New Tricks- 7 million viewers […]


DINNER WITH MY HERO (CHALLENGE #2)

It will come as no shock to anyone who knows me that my hero is HH The 14th Dalai Lama. My respect and even fondness for him doesn’t stem from idol worship of a reincarnated Buddha, but for a man who has endured serious hardship and still manages to promote […]